poetry, pop culture

Hamilton White House

Have you seen Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2009 visit to The White House? He literally mentions that he’s working on Hamilton (and it seems like a joke but isn’t) and OMG watching that and knowing what happened is fantastic:

And a few days ago, President Obama welcomed Lin-Manuel and Hamilton to The White House:

I’ve listened to the cast recording so many times, and pre-ordered the book. Hope I get a chance to see the show too!

poetry, reading

Be on the Watch

The Laughing Heart

by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Found on The Best American Poetry.

Your life is our life…. “Be on the watch” is great advice.


Poetry 101

I’ve spent hardly any time reading poetry. Ever. Except in a few random literature courses in which it was assigned and required and usually nothing about it woke me up. But sometimes I’ll catch a line or two of a piece and get the feeling that I’m missing out.

Recommendations, please! 😀

Here’s a cute, tiny poem as thanks in advance:

Fame is a bee.
by: Emily Dickinson

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.


Indian Summer, a poem

photo by: Max Sokal


In youth, it was a way I had
To do my best to please,
And change, with every passing lad,
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know,
And do the things I do;
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you!


–Dorothy Parker

Related: “One of the absolute best parts of being an adult for me has been knowing myself so well, fully accepting who I am… I’ve got zero hours to dedicate to not doing exactly what I want to be doing.” from Reminders & Tips for Life.